[SIGCIS-Members] Washington Post retracts email story & Ombudsman column

Marie Hicks mhicks1 at iit.edu
Fri Mar 2 13:56:45 PST 2012

Great news! Glad to see the Post is finally taking a modicum of
responsibility for their content and role in disseminating information
to the public. As others have noted, the Post's initial response to
this situation echoed the way they mishandled Nathan's very legitimate
complaints about plagiarism and inadaquate source attribution.
Hopefully these repeated drubbings will improve their journalists'


Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History of Technology
Lewis Department of the Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
mhicks1 at iit.edu
twitter: @histoftech

On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 4:46 PM, Thomas Haigh <thaigh at computer.org> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> Good news from the email battle. The Washington Post's Ombudsman has posted
> a lengthy and detailed retraction of his previous column.
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/omblog/post/origins-of-e-mail-my-mea-cul
> pa/2012/03/01/gIQAiOD5kR_blog.html
> This will also make my life easier, as I no longer have to try to present
> the actual history of email, correct the Post's errors in the original story
> and Ombusman blog, and debunk Ayyadurai all in one article. We can shift the
> focus to the real history, which is ultimately more productive.
> Best wishes,
> Tom
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